How To Unblock Down-pipes

We get a lot of call outs just to unblock a down-pipe every winter in our gutter cleaning business. So I would like to take the time to show you guys how you can unblock your down-pipes effectively and professionally using a simple garden hose. The first thing you need to do is make sure the rest of your gutters are free from leaves and other debris. This helps the gutters not too get blocked again in a few months time.

Secondly you need to get a ladder and take a good look at your down-pipe. Tap the pipe from about halfway up until you hear where it is blocked. Usually if you have maintained your gutters over the past few years they should just be blocked at the top around the bend. Make sure the hose is securely in the down-pipe before you do the next step or your hose might come out and cause you some problems.

Third get your garden house and remove the fitting so that you have just your hosing on one end. Start to push the hose into the down-pipe so it goes in about 20 or 30 cm. Get back down or get someone to help you and turn on  the tap. You should start to hear the water flowing into your pipe. If the pipe is still blocked at this stage start to move the garden hose up and down in the down-pipe as hard as possible with the water on to help clear the remaining debris. This usually will unblock the down-pipe of your gutters pretty quickly.

If your down-pipe is still block, then you can either call us and we can come and do it for you or you can start to pull apart your down-pipe from the top end. This may seem daunting at first but it easily slips off once you drill out the small pop-rivets holding it in place. Once you remove the down-pipe from the guttering system at the top you can more freely push the hose further into the pipe until you free up the blockage.

Remember to always work in a safe environment and do not do anything that may risk or endanger your body. Make sure you only climb on dry roofs and not when it is raining due to the higher risk of slipping off the roof because of the  wet surface. If you like our helpful tips please follow our links and like us on Facebook to help promote our business.